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11  My daughter's crayon art in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by alohamom2three on: January 02, 2013 06:19:19 PM
We do Secret Santa since we do so many homemade gifts...this year my daughter's project for her secret santa was so good, I had to share it.  We talked through the project but she did the whole thing herself.  This is for my niece who lives on a farm and has pigs and chickens so she did a drawing with my niece and the animals playing in the rain. She used only blue and green crayons to simulate the rain and taped paper on the umbrella to block the crayon from the umbrella.

I love raising crafty children!
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12  Ironman! including some step by step and materials used (pic obese) in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: November 04, 2012 05:42:40 PM
This Halloween the army decided it was time to move and by the time I got my household goods were delivered it was October 15th...so 24 hours a day crafting gave me my three daughter's costumes...Ironman, the Lorax and an elf!  It was pretty intense but so much fun!

Here's my Ironman:

I'm so sad that my thigh pieces didn't work but I think it still is pretty good Smiley

The helmet we made from the pattern pieces from a paper pattern program called pepakura.

The whole construction is out of Foam camping mats

cut with a hot knife (it's a wood burner with a knife attachment) and sometimes shaped with a heat gun.  I learned about this process from xrobots...you can look up their tutorial on youtube.

Aside from the helmet, all the other pieces were drafted by myself just from looking at pictures

The hand was pretty labor intensive to make the articulated fingers and the palm lights were camping squeeze lights.

To finish the foam so it wouldn't look so much like foam, I mixed paint and tacky glue to build up a flexible layer and then finished with a layer of fabric paint.

It's by no means perfect but a fun project and a new technique to practice with the foam!

Here's a pic of all my girls together.

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13  The Lorax! Tute on making a fur costume...pic obese in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: November 04, 2012 12:24:15 PM
I have my Lorax over on the contest board but here is some more info on how I made it.
The Army moved us and I only got my household goods back on Oct 15 so I finished my Lorax, elf and Ironman in 2 weeks...didn't sleep a lot but loved all the crafting!
Here's my Lorax

We went to a trick or treat at the Zoo the weekend before and little kids followed her around like she was a character at Disney...Parents asked for pics with her...she loved it!

So, this is how I made it...I made the basic shapes of the body out of 1/4 inch foam from cheap exercise mats a store was selling...I think they were like $2.50 and I used 2...you could probably find things like it at a dollar store. (the red foam)


Basic Shapes

Then I wrapped the body in batting

For the head, I built up some of the features using blue foam camping mats and hot glued them to the basic shape.

I then covered it with batting to smooth out the edges and created a pattern for the fur.  I couldn't find orange fur and didn't have enough time to order it online so I bought a throw from Burlington coat factory that had short fur on one side and long on the other and since I didn't have enough of either for the whole costume, I used the short fur on the head. I created the pattern by using the same method as making a slip cover...I draped the fabric and the pin lines became the seam lines.

The eyes were made out of christmas ornaments that you can buy already in half and the surface is made from baby sun shades to make it see through.  I drew on the eye with sharpie to create the detail.  The mustache and eyebrows were made from feather boas glued onto aluminum wire.

I created the pattern for the body the same say as the head. And last touches were orange painted gloves, orange leggings I made and orange fur glued to her shoes.

Altogether not bad and perfectly warm for a cold Halloween Smiley
Here's a pic of all three costumes.

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14  My beautiful Elf...and a tutorial on elf ears. (pic heavy) in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: November 04, 2012 11:33:12 AM
What a crazy Halloween season!  The Army moved us and I didn't get back my household goods until Oct 15!  So non-stop, 24 hour a day crafting with multiple hot glue blisters (I finally got smart and bought gloves to protect my hands) and I finished an elf, the Lorax and Ironman!  Shocked

My elf was probably the easiest and most traditional.

The cape was Butterick 4377 it was an adult size but I cut it down.  I used it because the hood was so full.  The white fabric was crushed panne and the lining was a halloween purple with shiny stars. I sewed a comb on the top of the hood so we could secure it far back on her head so we didn't hide the ears.

The dress was McCalls 5499 view B but I added long sleeves.

My only real creative part on this was the ears:

I used 6mm foamies sheets and some 1/4 inch foam from an exercise mat as well as glue, white paint and liquid latex

I cut the shape for the top of the ear and then used an exacto knife to slit the foamie open

I cut regular foam on an angle to glue to the top of her ear and around the edge and painted it all with a layer of glue and white paint.

And lastly I painted the whole thing with flesh colored liquid latex (I happen to have some from other costumes but you could probably substitute glue and flesh colored paint.

I glued the whole thing on with stick glue and they were really sturdy and never lifted off.  Worked perfectly with her hair Smiley

And I'll be posting separately for the other costumes but here's a pic of the whole group

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15  I'm the Lorax...I speak for the trees! in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: November 03, 2012 08:13:31 AM
Last year she was the Grinch...this year the Lorax.  Things were made much more complicated by moving (the Army moved us during Halloween costume making time....not cool).  We didn't get our stuff until October 15th and I rushed to make an elf, Ironman and the Lorax in 15 days.  15 days and lots of hot glue gun blisters later....ta-da!

We went to a Boo at the Zoo and little kids would follow her around and ask to have their picture taken with the Lorax like she was a character at Disneyland...lol.
Here she is with a perfect trick or treat bag that I made for Christmas a while ago.

and a glimpse under the head...it's a pity to hide that cute face Smiley

And a close up of the head alone

I'll be posting a semi tutorial showing progress pics and materials used on the halloween costumes board as well as my Ironman and elf.
Thanks for looking...and voting? Wink
Happy Halloween!
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16  Mardi Gras Mask...recycled plastic! in Costumes: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: February 26, 2012 04:36:34 PM
My husband and I were going to a mardi gras party and although I had plans for making a mask earlier in the week, I ran out of time.  The day of the party there was a carnival so we were at the carnival all day with the kids...when we got home, I had 3 hours until the arty and a hard decision to make:  nap or make a mask.
So i made a mask.
I got the idea from goblin art mask site:  http://www.goblinart.com/2011/01/make-mask-from-plastic-bottles-happy.html

And made it from things I already had.

and the supplies:

I cut the plastic, used the heat gun to form it, used the hot glue gun to go around the edges and create the swirls.  I used the mod podge and tissue paper to paper mache it and create a paintable surface.  Then I painted some blue and purple and used some irridesent (sp?) powder to make the paint a bit more interesting.  I finished with the copper paint and hot glued a wooden spoon to the back (trimmed off the spoon part).
I love how it turned out and even I am amazed that it only took 2 hours.

Here are some other views:

and a picture of me with the mask...I look a little insane on the other side of the mask!  lol

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17  The Grinch! in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: October 31, 2011 11:02:17 AM
So hard to choose one costume to enter...I made three cool costumes for my girls but I guess the grinch is the coolest!

The thing that makes it work is the latex appliance that gives her face the right shape

I created the mask by doing a plaster cast of her face and building up a clay nose and forehead.  Then I painted layers of liquid latex to create an appliance that I can glue on with spirit gum.

The hood, pants, gloves and shoes were all done without a pattern.  The hood, gloves and shoes were done with a ducttape and fabric encasing method.  After encasing with fabric and tape, I cut the tape into pattern pieces...makes for a perfect fit.

Everything in the costume was made by me from top to bottome Cheesy
And, of course, it was inspired by the movie with Jim Carrey.  Hope you like it Smiley
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18  The Grinch Costume complete with latex appliance in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: October 28, 2011 04:58:55 PM
I made three great cotumes for my girls this year!
This one is pretty awesome but actually took less time than the others...lol.
Here is the Grinch (based on the Jim Carrey movie version)

I made a latex appliance for her nose and forehead here's a closer view

Here is the cast of her face with the clay sculpture I used to create the latex mask.

I made the hood and shoes by doing a ducttape and fabric encasing and then cutting them apart into a pattern:

And here is my little grinch helping

And finally, my three costumes for this year:

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19  Einstein Bobblehead costume in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: October 28, 2011 04:46:54 PM
I told my girls to challenge me with costumes this year and my oldest took me at my word!
She chose to be an Einstein Bobblehead from Night at the Museum 2...
Here's the finished product:

I love how it turned out but the head got too heavy for the bobble mechanism I had planned so I had to go to plan b and then plan c and then plan d...but we got it worked out Smiley

Here's how the head evolved:

I started with a base of plastic canvas (my favorite cheap material for heads...see my panda post for another head)

After applying lumps of newspaper and one layer of paper mache, I started using homemade paper mache clay.  Never used it before but I liked how it worked. (the mustache and nose in this pic already has the clay)

I got the clay recipe from this site:

Then I did a base paint layer, finish paint layer and gloss clear coat.

I don't have a picture of the backpack rigging that we used but it's pretty sturdy the only problem is it doesn't bobble as much as I wanted Sad

Here are all my girls in their halloween costumes:

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20  I love a challenge! Stuffed purple panda costume! FINISHED! in Halloween Costumes by alohamom2three on: October 05, 2011 08:48:43 PM
So I always tell my kids to challenge me when they come up with Halloween costumes cause I got some skills Wink
And this year...they are REALLY challenging me!
A stuffed purple panda, A bobble head Einstein (a la Night at the Museum II), and the Grinch (Jim Carrey version)

So I've just completed the head of the panda!  I love when my crazy ideas work out!

And some in progress shots so you can see how I got there.

So I finally finished!  I'm not as happy with the body as I was with the head but she's happy so that's all that counts!

Here she is helping make the body...that is one messy craft room!  LOL

And here are all my girls in their Halloween costumes (I'm going to make a post for each costume if you want to find them and learn more)

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!
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